I am nearly certain that conservative Catholics will “win” on the Amoris Laetitia controversy. Eventually, probably under the successor to Pope Francis, they will succeed in obtaining, from the Holy See, a clear discipline that forbids the divorced and remarried from receiving Communion, unless they repent and confess and reform their lives. And the reason is that sexual relations outside a valid marriage is an objective mortal sin and is intrinsically evil.
But what amazes me is the shortsightedness of this goal. How do you not see this!?!
If the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion, due to objective mortal sin, then neither can ANYONE else who commits objective mortal sin, until they repent, confess, and reform their lives. All objective mortal sins would fall under this consistent and holy discipline. All mortal sins.
It would be a case of whitewashing of tombs, IF the divorced and remarried could not receive Communion, due to their sins being, in some sense, public, AND IF persons unrepentant from other mortal sins, ones that are not public, could receive. The argument against Communion for the divorced and remarried is based on their failure to repent and confess after mortal sin, not merely or mainly based on the scandal of giving Communion to public sinners.
Therefore, a consistent discipline would deny Communion to EVERYONE guilty (and unrepentant) of ANY objective mortal sin, including: contraception, abortifacient contraception, abortion, every kind of sexual sin (EVERY kind!!!), and also the various common heresies. The inconsistent discipline of only prohibiting the divorced and remarried from Communion would not be able to stand, for that would be a massive public hypocrisy.
So, when conservatives WIN, the Church (probably under the very next Pope) will prohibit from Communion everyone guilty of objective mortal sin, even if the sin is not also an actual mortal sin, until they repent and confess. And of course, they are also required to reform their lives.
What will happen next? Do you think that most Catholics using contraception will repent, go to Confession, and reform their lives, in order to receive Communion? Do you think that most Catholics committing sexual sins will repent, confess, and reform? Here’s what I think will happen. Instead of long lines for Communion, and short lines for Confession, there will be short lines for Communion and shorter lines for Confession.
The vast majority of Catholics will stop receiving Communion, stop going to Mass, and stop participating in their parishes. They will also stop donating money. Most parish money is collected at Mass. People who are told, “You will not receive Communion, until you repent and confess,” will say in reply, “You will not receive money from me.”
The churches will quickly be empty, and so will the coffers. You have heard of the shortage of priests. This will be the shortage of parishioners. And a shortage of money. No Communion, no donations. Attending Mass is the main way that most Catholics interact with their parishes. No attendance at Mass means no donations. Parishes will be forced to close, for lack of parishioners and lack of money. And after a while, the Catholics who stop going to Mass will stop calling themselves Catholic.
By the grace and providence of God, Pope Francis is delaying this great departure from Mass and from the Church. But his conservative critics are unknowingly pushing the Church into this crisis, into this great apostasy.
How do you not see this!?! It’s like a child who sticks a pin into a balloon, and then is surprised when it pops.
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